We want to learn "About Jesus" and one of the things we want to learn in these devotionals is what is important to Jesus. What are we told about the persons, places and things that Jesus loves and cares for? In this edition, we see that Jesus loves the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and cares about the Promised Land of Israel.
Also Reference: Genesis 12:7, Genesis 13:15-17, Genesis 21:12, Genesis 28:4, Deuteronomy 11:12 (with mention of Revelation 19, Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:30-33 and Romans 11:25-27)
Jesus is the Lord of the Covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whom He renamed Israel and produced the Twelve Tribes of the Nation of Israel. We discuss the absurdity of "Christian Antisemitism" and anti-Israel sentiment among professing Christians, with an eye toward the future when the King of Israel rules the world!
Also Reference: Genesis 15, Genesis 17, John 1:49, John 12:13, John 19:21, Luke 1:32
Belgic Confession Article 28
Confession of Faith Article 28
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11
Theme: With the encouragements, comforts, and spiritual benefits of Christ as our own possession, believers are duty bound to humbly and sacrificially pursue the full unity and selfless interests of the church.
The possessions of the Church
The Loving Obligations of the Church Members
The Exalted Future of the Humble Church
Do you think you are entitled to more than others? Are you upset when others are welcomed into the body of Christ, yet don't have the disciplined life that you have? Are you condescending and mean to others who have shown up late to the things of God having lived a life of sinful pleasures up until coming to Him? You forget dear friend, that, were it not for the grace of God alone, you would have nothing either.
On this episode of Rightly Dividing, two thousand years later, the apostle Paul remains somewhat of a mysterious figure, and a man hated by Roman Catholics, Hebrew Roots and all the other cults, and forever taken out of context by the hyper-dispensationalists. There is no better picture of God's grace than picking the man who has been murdering your followers, Saul, and appoint him as their leader. Yet when you read the Bible, Paul is an open book and not mysterious at all. In fact, he's one of the 'plainest people' you'll ever meet. In our Bible study tonight, Paul lays out 9 characteristics, or qualifications if you will, of what life should look like if you're claiming to be a Christian. Let's see how you match up to that! This is Part #1 in a series.
The evening will bring us great comfort from Psalm 56. If you have felt burdened lately, stressed about the assaults against the church and real Christians, then you need the comfort God brings us from this remarkable Psalm. Again, the church desiring to grow and be vital in this culture needs what God gives to us in Psalm 56. Come back for the second service to find hope from God's Word.Responsive Reading of Romans 15:1-6
Scripture Reading: Psalm 56
Text: Psalm 56
Sermon: "Our Tears In His Bottle"
Theme: We learn from this Word to praise God in
distresses because God is for us!
There is fear – but we trust Him, 1-3
I will not fear the real enemies around me, 4-7
My tears are in the bottle of the God Who is for me, 8, 9
We praise His Word which tells of His deliverance, 10-13
The message from the beginning
The example of Cain
The application from Cain
The example of Jesus
The application from Jesus
Since the love of God has been poured into us, it must pour out of us in actions.
We will examine the truth of this Proverb in reference to modern day "princes" in politics, in businessmen forced to play politics and then consider this in light of our own high calling in Christ the prince of Kings who has made us to be "kings and priests" by washing us in His blood!
Also Reference: Hebrews 12:11
Looking at 3 aspects of Doubleminded Christians.
v 1-2 Cause of conflicts amongst the doubleminded Christians.
v 3-6 Consequences for doubleminded Christians.
v7-10 Cure for doubleminded Christians.
Returning to Hebrews chapter 9, we see the centrality of the death of Christ in His Messianic mission. In fact, the author switches his emphasis from Covenant to Testament to show us that it is only through the death of Christ that we might receive the many promises of God that are made to us in Christ. Join us as we marvel at the love and grace of God seen in the mission of Christ.